The Krewe of Athena rolls in Metairie on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It takes the traditional route, starting at the intersection of Woodlawn Ave. and Eldorado St. The parade heads to Houma Blvd. where it takes a left towards Veterans Memorial Blvd. Athena turns left onto Veterans Memorial Blvd. and makes a U-turn before reaching Clearview Pkwy. It turns left onto Severn Ave.and turns around at 12th St., heading back to Veterans Memorial Blvd. The parade turns left, then makes another left on Bonnabel Blvd. At Feronia St. it heads back to Veterans Memorial Blvd. once more. The parade ends at Martin Behrman Ave.
The Krewe of Athena Carnival Club was incorporated in March of 2014, but the love of Mardi Gras, sisterhood, and comradery that has become synonymous with the Krewe of Athena began over 30 years ago with a family tradition that would nurture a love for all things Mardi Gras in years to come.
Motivated by this love of Mardi Gras and a passion to positively impact her community, the founding member, Taisha Williams-Payne convened a group of Mardi Gras veterans to begin the arduous task of chartering a Mardi Gras krewe different from any of its predecessors. She would envision a Mardi Gras organization committed to fostering a platform that promoted sisterhood, mentoring, community service, and wholesome fun.
On June 11, 2014, the Jefferson Parish Council granted approval to change the parish ordinance to allow the newly formed Krewe of Athena to apply for a parade permit. This approval would be solidified when the Jefferson Parish Office of Citizens’ Affairs approved the krewe’s application and granted permission for the Krewe of Athena to present its inaugural parade on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm on the traditional Metairie route.
Since its inception, the Ladies of the Krewe of Athena have worked diligently to honor the organization’s commitment to promoting a sense of community through sisterhood, service, fellowship, and fun. The Ladies of Athena have embraced every opportunity to utilize the popularity and rich traditions of Mardi Gras as a platform to positively impact the community.
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